Poll: Lame-duck successes did little for Obama’s approval rating

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating for Dec. 26-28 is 47%, down slightly from his post-midterm-election peak of 49% recorded last week, and close to his average level of approval since November. Currently, 46% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s job performance.

The general stability in Obama’s approval rating since the Nov. 2 midterm elections — in which his party lost majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives — can be characterized as positive for Obama. Most presidents whose party suffers major midterm losses see their approval ratings fall. However, one might have expected Obama to see a bump in approval from the flurry of legislation passed in Congress prior to the Christmas recess.